Ethics & Compliance


TOTE strives to be fully compliant with all of the laws and regulations governing the transportation and logistics industry and is committed to improving with integrity the services it provides to its customers. 
TOTE has developed a Corporate Compliance Program for participation by all employees of TOTE and its subsidiaries. The Compliance Program is designed to assist employees in complying with the increasingly complex laws and regulations governing the industry as well as general business conduct.
It is TOTE’s desire for this Compliance Program to aid in the identification and correction of any actual or perceived violations of any applicable laws, regulations, policies and procedures as well as Saltchuk’s Code of Ethical Business Conduct.
To support and carry out the duties of this Corporate Compliance Program, Corporate Compliance Officers have been selected in each of our subsidiaries. The Compliance Officers will implement and monitor the administration of the Program and ensure that all potential issues or violations that employees identify are promptly addressed. This oversight also includes provision of employee training sessions, investigation and response to complaints, implementation of internal audits, and oversight of outside professionals as well as quarterly reports to the Board of Directors.
It is TOTE’s expectation, that each and every one of its employees and subsidiary employees will freely communicate their concerns pertaining to any Compliance related issue to any Compliance Officer. Indeed, TOTE has named more than one Compliance Officer to ensure that employees may report any potential violation or concern to an individual with whom they feel most comfortable. TOTE will treat any such report confidentially to the maximum extent consistent with the fair and rigorous enforcement of the Corporate Compliance Program.

In addition, to further encourage reporting, Saltchuk has a third-party Hotline (1-800-270-7513) and website to which employees can report issues anonymously. Issues reported through this method must contain enough information for TOTE to conduct a thorough investigation of the matter reported. It is TOTE’s express policy that no adverse action or retaliation will be taken by TOTE against any employee due to the good faith reporting of a suspected violation or irregularity.

Saltchuk University

In February 2012 TOTE, Inc. implemented Saltchuk University, an organization-wide source for education and training.

Saltchuk U Mission: The Saltchuk University focuses on building the skills, knowledge and abilities of all employees to ensure that the TOTE companies, individually and collectively, deliver results that produce current-day profitability and create a safe and ethical environment necessary to foster future sustainability.

Saltchuk U  Vision: Saltchuk companies will always have a pool of employees with the appropriate knowledge and skills who are ready to meet any and all opportunities to deliver and grow business results in an ethical and safe manner.

Saltchuk U Academic Integrity: At Saltchuk University, academic integrity is expected of every member in all endeavors.  Academic integrity includes a commitment to the values of honesty, trustworthiness, fairness and respect. These values are essential to the overall success of this program. More information on the company’s values and ethics can be found in the Code of Ethics and Business Conduct.

As part of the curriculum at Saltchuk University there are mandatory courses on specific subjects:

  • Antitrust
  • Employment Discrimination/ Harassment Prevention
  • Ethics and/or Business Codes of Conduct
  • Industry Knowledge
  • Safety
  • Social Media/Networking in the Workplace
Some of the other courses offered include but are not limited to the following topics:
  • FCPA
  • Workplace Safety
  • Workplace Violence
  • Environmental Law
  • Finance
  • Company Overviews
  • Employee Management (for Managers and Supervisors)
In addition, employees have the opportunity to take elective courses such as change management, emotional intelligence and interpersonal relations.



TOTE companies see giving back to the communities they serve as an integral part of their business and culture. Every year, our companies become more and more engaged in their local communities through financial grants, in-kind support and the investment of time by their employees.

Each TOTE company is responsible for its own contributions program. For information about activities and support in specific markets, please visit the individual company websites.